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WiFi has Key Role in Telecoms - BuddeComm Intelligence Report

BuddeComm Intelligence Report - WiFi has Key Role in Telecoms

It must be recognised that WiFi plays a key role in the telecoms environment of the future. The use of WiFi hotspots continues to rise due to increasing popularity from smart phone and mobile device users. The status of WiFi technology is continuing to improve; creating a whole new range of opportunities in the WiFi market.

Smartphone users want faster, more ubiquitous and reliable connectivity, while operators are looking to squeeze every last bit of capacity out of their cellular networks. As a result, smarter WiFi is needed so that it can take on a more strategic role as part of the overall mobile network infrastructure. Ultimately users simply want the fastest and most reliable wireless connection they can get.

This BuddeComm Intelligence report provides unique and valuable information on the global WiFi sector including its role in the future, broad business models, key global statistics, industry developments of note and brief information on other short range technologies.

Latest developments:

The wi-fi market is slowly but surely getting ready for these more sophisticated WiFi products. This level of sophistication is emerging in enterprise and carrier markets, but it will, of course, eventually find its way into the hotspot market, where it will become the critical hub for the rapidly increasing home network market. One example includes the new Wi-Fi 2.0 technology which allows mobile devices to automatically select a Wi-Fi hotspot based on information from advertised Wi-Fi access points that tell the device which networks are available for service and which hotspots support roaming to the user's home service providers. A major development is offering free Wi-Fi which is sponsored by the marketing or advertising companies. The boom in Wi-Fi is resulting in a growing WiFi carrier equipment market. Also keep an eye on the growing movement towards the FON model of dual access wireless networks.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Wi-Fi Alliance; Ruckus; netBlazr Inc, FON.

1. Synopsis
2. WiFi starts playing a key role in telecoms
2.1 Who will dominate the WiFi market?
2.2 WiFi and the role of the telcos
3. WiFi business models
3.1 The benefits of WiFi
3.2 Advertising sponsored models
3.3 Obstacles
3.3.1 Reasons for not adopting wifi?
3.4 The growing importance of FON WiFi model around the world
4. Venue Wifi
4.1 Location based services (separate report)
5. Global WiFi market summary
5.1 Number of wi-fi hotpots and leading markets
5.2 South Korea a leading market
5.3 WiFi opportunities in the Middle East
6. Industry developments
6.1 Following free Wi-Fi users
6.2 Cloud based WiFi
6.3 Key developments for enterprise WiFi
6.4 Global WiFi roaming
6.5 Carrier WiFi equipment market exploding
7. Other short-range technologies
7.1.1 Bluetooth
7.1.2 Ultra-Wideband (UWB)
8. Related reports
Table 1 Number of public WiFi hotspots top 10 countries worldwide Early 2011; Early 2013
Table 2 Installed base of Bluetooth devices worldwide 2005; 2007; 2010; 2013
Exhibit 1 Wi-Fi Direct
Exhibit 2 Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0
Exhibit 3 Case Study Shopping Centres
Exhibit 4 Case Study Airline Lounges
Exhibit 5 Bluetooth SIG

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